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ScienceFest offers full slate of events

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By Bennett Horne

 A full schedule of events is planned for this year’s Los Alamos ScienceFest, which begins today and wraps up Sunday afternoon.

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Events set for today are Atomic City Van Tours, that begin at 10:30 a.m. and take tour goers from the Bradbury Science Museum to locations around Los Alamos to locations in the community that were spawned by the secret Manhattan Project during WW II, and peek at today’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Tours will also be given Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Los Alamos Historical Society will provide a Guided Walking Tour, which starts at 11 a.m. today, of Homestead-era sites around Los Alamos. Tours will also be given Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And a Movie in the Park will start at 8 p.m. and feature “Meet the Robinsons,” rated G. The movie is free.

“Our staff is so excited to be a part of this signature community event and we hope (everyone will) join us for some of the activities we have planned for the week,” said Rachel Landman, marketing manager for Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Science-themed programs will be happening every day for all ages to enjoy. Events include a science fiction film, an electric vehicle show and hands-on science activities designed to help kids and adults unleash their genius with round-the-clock science fun.

The movie “The Martian” will pay at Bathtub Row Co-op at 9 p.m. Sunday. The movie, written by Los Alamos native Drew Goddard, is a 2015 sci-fi adventure drama directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. The movie features an astronaut who becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. The film is rated PG-13.

The fourth-annual DisrupTech will be from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday at Cottonwood on the Greens, 4244 Diamond Drive. The Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Angels are presenting DisrupTech, a celebration of the disruptive technology created by the great minds of Los Alamos scientists. At this signature innovation event, carefully selected entrepreneurial-minded scientists will present their ideas in the tech areas with the goal of introducing the latest groundbreaking technology from Los Alamos and their inventors to entrepreneurs, investors, regional leaders, policy makers and industrial partners.

For fun with math, visit the Mathamuseum tent from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond Park. The Mathamuseum tent will be full of games, puzzles, and curiosities to help you explore the beauty of mathematics. Friday night’s tent is sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union. If you miss it, the Mathamuseum will also be set up the next day for Discovery Day. Free to the public.

Public parking is available at Sullivan Field, Pueblo Complex, Canyon School Complex and the County Municipal Building as well as the Los Alamos National Bank lot (after noon).

A free public Downtown Trolley is also available to ScienceFest participants. Pick-up is at any Atomic City Transit bus stop along the Route.